In October of 2013, Al Stewart performed his entire Year of the Cat album with a full band at London’s legendary Royal Albert Hall. The reaction to this unprecedented event was so positive that Stewart and the band are reuniting for 2 more dates- May 16 and May 22, 2015. Included in the lineup will be some of the musicians that worked with Stewart on the original 1976 Year of the Cat recording – Peter White (piano, acoustic guitar, music director), Tim Renwick (electric guitar) and Stuart Elliot (drums). Joining them will be longtime Stewart collaborators Dave Nachmanoff (guitar), Mark Griffiths (bass) and Marc Macisso (sax and flute), as well as Gabby Young and Stephen Ellis (vocals) and virtuoso percussionist, Joe Becket.
For the first time ever, these London shows will feature a performance of two of Stewart’s classic albums from the seventies – Year of the Cat and Past, Present and Future, both in their entirety.
The 1976 multi-million selling album Year of the Cat album, produced by Alan Parsons, was Al Stewart’s largest hit, his commercial breakthrough in both the United States and Europe peaking at #5 in the US and #38 in the UK. Stewart’s fifth studio album, Past, Present and Future was released in 1973 and was considered his first “major album”. What made this recording different from his previous recordings was the underlying historical theme, with each song representing a decade of the 20th century. This historical approach to song writing was different from his previous, folkier work, and has become a style that has stayed with him for most of his career.
Songs from Year of the Cat:
Lord Grenville | On The Border | Midas Shadow | Sand In Your Shoes | If It Doesn’t Come Naturally Leave It | Flying Sorcery | Broadway Hotel | One Stage Before | Year of the Cat
Songs from Past, Present and Future:
Old Admirals | Warren Harding | Soho | The Last Day of June 1934 | Post World War Two Blues | Roads to Moscow | Terminal Eyes | Nostradamus
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Al Stewart performing the albums Year of the Cat & Past, Present and Future at the Royal Albert Hall- May 16 and 22, 2015.